Jose Olea Vico grew up in Winston Salem, N.C., and began playing the violin in 6th grade through the orchestra classes offered in middle school. After years of orchestra classes and self-instruction, he auditioned and was accepted into UNCSA’s High School program to study with Kevin Lawrence. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at East Carolina University, studying with Ara Gregorian and Hye-Jin Kim for a year of undergraduate study. In the fall of 2017 he transferred back to UNCSA to continue work on his Bachelor’s degree with Professor Lawrence, and Ulrich Eichenauer. In 2019 Jose attended the Richard Luby Violin Symposium at UNC Chapel Hill where he performed in a masterclass for Aaron Berofsky.